gunnar (5290) - Sandnes, NORWAY - OCT 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Cardinal, Stavanger. Pours pitch black with no head at all. Strong roasted malts and coffee aroma, even slightly vanilla.Taste is not as complex as the aroma suggest, but still lots of hard roasted malts, coffee, liquorice and some alcoholic presence. Ends dry and hoppy. Oily and sticky mouthfeel
floris87 (35) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 23, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
18 cl bottle. As I pour it it looks oily, very dark reddish brown. The head is dark and thin, very similar to the cream layer of a good espresso, and it fades quickly. The aroma seems infinite, with chocolate, raisins, coffee, warm alcohol (rum?), anise, smoke, dough, and more. Taste is very bitter, very sweet, but well balanced. One of the best beers I have ever had.
abemorsten (2767) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
25 cl bottle at Cardinal 23.09.2010.
Pours black with no head. Liquid is clear ruby red on the edges of the glass.
Fantastic dark dried fruits aroma all porty with an alco whiff.
Sweet, alcoholic with a well balanced bitterness and dades, raisins and other dark dried fruits coming through. Complex and improving even more with a rising temperature. Full bodied and oily in texture this beer had me "Mmmm.."-ing every sip. Smooth and flat.
nickd717 (3483) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 28, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tiny-ass bottle thanks to alfrantzell. Pours darkest brown with a small tan head that fades to a ring and an interesting central circle. Very nice aroma - roast, chocolate, anise, tobacco, mint, and spice. Nice sweet caramel and chocolate malt on the flavor. Fairly complex but subtle. Anise, spices, herbal notes, tobacco, charry smoke, and even a slight Belgian yeast note. Medium-bodied for the style with low carbonation. Lighter-feeling than your typical imperial stout - maybe that’s why it’s called an imperial porter. Just a little boozy. Really nice overall. Subtle but excellent.
Svesse (6137) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - SEP 11, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle, Café Arendsnest, Amsterdam, 2 Aug 2010) Black colour with brief, pale brown head. Roasted, malty nose with black coffee, dark chocolate and liquorice. Malty, roasted taste with notes of strong black coffee, dark fruit, chocolate, liquorice and lots of citrussy hops in the finish. Full body, fairly sweet. Lots of citric hops make it quite bitter, but it’s brilliantly balanced with all the malt, coffee and chocolate. Complex, balanced and seriously impressive. One to savour slowly. Lovely beer!
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dak with the hook-up – thanks man! Pours pitch black with a thin tan head. The nose is burnt malt, dark fruit, tar, chocolate and booze. The taste is asphalt, dark chocolate, burnt caramel, coffee and tobacco. Medium fairly flat mouthfeel. Nice beer.
BOLTZ7555 (2799) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle generously shared by Dak...thanks big time for this one!!! Have wanted to try this beer for ages. Dark mahogany bordering ebony with barely a wisp for a head. Aroma of dark fruit, cocoa, molasses, and burnt caramel. Flavor is just a bit off. Loads of raisin, licorice, soy, roasted malt, chocolate, and maybe even a light citrus touch. Medium mouthfeel. Good but not great.
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(33cl bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a spare tan head. Aroma of wood, roasted malt, smoke, anise, raisins, chocolate, and vinous. Flavor of caramel, ash, roasted malt, smoke, anise, and wood with a dry finish.
ClubGonzo (4021) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Nederlands Biercafe ‘t Arendsnest, Amsterdam. What a cute little waxed bottle this is, can’t be more than 2 deciliters at best. :-) Pours a pitch black body with a nice, creamy caramel top. Aroma is licorice, booze and hints of leather. The rich, velvety palate also reveals dark chocolate, hints of coffee and cough syrup. Dry and bitter aroma hops throughout the finish. Complex and sophisticated, this is one I’m sure the Tsarina would’ve appreciated. It is also my rating no. 500, so in celebration of being halfway to a thousand ratings I say to you, my fellow beer lover: cheers! ;-)
anders37 (16691) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a fruity vinous dark fruit aroma. Slightly roasted malty dark fruit and chocolate flavor. Has a fruity malty dark fruit and chocolate finish with a bitter aftertaste.